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On February 21, 2021 (Sunday), at 4:35 pm, MRS received a call for assistance from the Emergency Medical Service Ohrid, in providing help to an injured boy in the area “Labino”, who due to carelessness and slipping, suffered a serious injury in the left knee. Due to the inability of the ambulance to access the scene of the accident, the Mountain Rescue Service alerted its volunteers, some of whom, fortunately, live in the immediate vicinity and were the first to arrive at the scene with a private boat. They also transferred the medical team, which immediately provided medical treatment to the injured boy for pain relief, while the other members of the MRS team arrived with specialized equipment for immobilization and safe transport. After complete immobilization, the injured person was transported by the boat to the EMS vehicle and transported to the Special Hospital for Orthopedics and Traumatology “St. Erasmus” Ohrid, for further treatment. The action ended at 5:20 p.m.
An hour later, at 6:20 p.m. the Mountain Rescue Service SOS phone rang again. This time it was for a request to help in rescuing a cat. The cat climbed on a tree, at a height of about 15 meters and couldn’t come down for three days. A Mountain Rescue Service team was mobilized again and headed to the orchard, near the monastery of St. Naum. Around 8:00 pm managed to safely rescue the cat and to calm the worried owners.
The Ohrid Red Cross Mountain Rescue Service wishes a speedy recovery to the injured boy and happy moments for the owners of the cat.
New specialized equipment and vehicles for rescue in winter conditions, intended for the Mountain Rescue Service, Alpine Club PATAGONIA, and for the local teams from Debrca and Gramsh Municipalities, were promoted today at Ohrid Riviera. This equipment was procured with European Union funds, through the IPA2 Cross-border Programme between the Republic of North Macedonia and the Republic of Albania, within the project “New opportunities for safe winter adventures”, implemented by Ohrid Red Cross.
With the procurement of these vehicles and equipment, the Mountain Rescue Service completes the process of equipping for effective operation in all seasons and meteorological conditions, and by equipping the local teams in the Municipalities of Debrca and Gramsci, significantly expands the territorial scope and efficiency of rescue operations in the future.
The President of the Red Cross Ohrid, Mr. Sasho Tockov, the Minister of Local Self-Government of RNM Mr. Goran Milevski, and the EU Ambassador to RNM, H.E. David Geer addressed the present guests, expressing satisfaction with the success of the projects that established this regional Mountain Rescue Service in accordance with the highest international standards, and stressed the importance of active involvement of local governments in its future sustainability.
After the official part, members of the Mountain Rescue Service presented the new vehicles and equipment to the guests. Also, the senior officials of the Crisis Management Center, Directorate for Protection and Rescue, Special Task Force, Helicopter Unit of the Ministry of Interior and Air Force, visited the operational and training center of the Mountain Rescue Service and discussed the deepening of cooperation, in order to increase the effectiveness of rescue operations in the future, not only in the Ohrid region but also beyond.
On this occasion, we would like to express our special gratitude to the Delegation of the European Union to the RSM and the Ministry of Local Self-Government, not only for the financial support but also for the active involvement in the process of integration of the Mountain Rescue Service in the national risk management system, as well as for quick and effective operation across borders.
Tonight at 5:35 pm, the Mountain Rescue Service operational center received a call for retrieving a stuck vehicle driven by Hungarian citizens, on the pass of the regional road Ohrid – Oteshevo. This is not the first such intervention since the beginning of the year. The Mountain Rescue Service, on several occasions before, while performing its regular activities, has been pulling out stuck vehicles on this road, which mostly is due to the drivers’ negligence, who do not respect the ban for moving on this road in winter conditions, as well as the inadequate equipment of their vehicles for driving in winter conditions.
The Ohrid Red Cross Mountain Rescue Service uses a significant part of its resources and volunteer work for such interventions, which are caused by the negligence of individuals, so we appeal to the public to understand and respect what we do, which will help us be prepared to act in serious mountain accidents when our resources are crucial to saving human lives.
We appeal to the citizens to strictly observe the traffic rules and regulations for the use of this road, which is not maintained in winter, due to which is partially closed to traffic. The road leading to the picnic spot Korita is allowed for traffic but due to the often not proper maintenance of this section as well, it is completely covered with ice and it’s not safe for traffic. The citizens are advised to adapt to the road conditions, or not to use it at all if they’re not properly equipped for snow and ice.
We appeal to the authorities to regularly maintain the section to the picnic spot Korita or to completely ban traffic on this road, which is obviously a serious threat to the safety of drivers and their passengers.
We wish you a safe stay in nature.
Finally, after a long period, another part of our strategic determinations is realized, to serve the citizens in all seasons and in most complex meteorological conditions.
This is only one part of the specialized equipment, which is planned to be procured within the project “New Opportunities for Safe Winter Adventure Tourism”, funded by the European Union, IPA program for cross-border cooperation with Albania, implemented by the Ohrid Red Cross, Alpine Club PATAGONIA Ohrid, Municipality of Debrca and Municipality of Gramsch from Albania.
Part of the new equipment is intended for the operation of the Ohrid Red Cross Mountain Rescue Service in winter conditions, and part of it is intended for the establishment of local rescue teams on non-technical terrain in Gramsch and Debrca, which will be trained by the MRS instruction team, and in the future will act in coordination in case of accidents.
The specifics of this equipment, provided for the first time in our region, were presented to Mr. Sasho Tockov, the President of the Ohrid Red Cross, who expressed his gratitude to the European Union for the financial support and congratulated the Project Team for the successful preparation of the application and implementation of the second project in a row, funded by the IPA cross-border cooperation program with Albania.
In anticipation of the rest of the equipment, we wish you good health and stay safe while enjoying the winter mountain adventures in the mountains in the Ohrid region.
At 01:45 pm today, the operational center of the Mountain Rescue Service received a call for a tractor accident, which occurred on a forest road near the regional road Ohrid-Oteshevo, on the mountain Galichica. A team of three rescuers immediately head to the scene of the accident, but unfortunately could not do anything to save the young man, who was driving the tractor. Also, the Sector for internal affairs and the Emergency Medical Service were notified.
We sincerely mourn for the lost life and express our sincere condolences to the family.
At 01:25 pm today, the operational center of the Ohrid Red Cross Mountain Rescue Service was alerted by the Crisis Management Center, about a missing person above the auto camp Livadishte. According to the report, the person was in a bad condition, disoriented, dehydrated, and visibly upset.
According to the information received from the CMC operator, the lost person had about 5% of the mobile phone battery capacity, which contributed to complicating the situation. The MRS Operational Center immediately contacted the person, pointing out the procedures for safe waiting of the rescue teams and with instructions for his quick location, through the SMS location system. In a short time, a team of four rescuers was mobilized, which immediately headed to the field, and in the meantime, the exact position of the person was reached through the location system.
The team arrived at the location at 2:10 pm, where the 37-year-old from Struga was found in a visibly debilitated condition, dehydrated, but with stable vital parameters. After a short intervention, through dense vegetation and difficult terrain, the person was safely evacuated to the MRS off-road vehicle and then transported to his own home.
We use this opportunity to appeal to all nature and mountain lovers, to respect the basic rules for movement on mountainous terrain, to move in groups of at least two people, to have appropriate equipment for the planned tour, as well as a sufficient amount of food and fluids.
We also appeal to be paid attention to the capacity of the batteries of the mobile phones, as well as to be memorized the SOS number of the MRS, if they move on the territory of the municipalities of Ohrid, Struga, Vevcani, Debrca, and Resen.
This morning, at the initiative of the volunteers of the Ohrid Red Cross Mountain Rescue Service, and in cooperation with PI Ohridski Komunalec, the garbage was cleaned from the inaccessible places, along the path to the church of St. John Kaneo.
We hope it will not happen again.
At 9:39 am today, the operational center of the Mountain Rescue Service received a call from a citizen who reported an accident that occurred on a mountainous terrain while cutting trees, on the move from the village of Kosel to the village of Openjca. According to initial information, during the woodcutting, a large tree fell on one of the workers and caused him serious injuries. The scene of the accident was located with the SMS locating system, after which a five-member team was immediately mobilized and headed to the field. The team arrived at the scene of the accident at 10:12 am.
The injured person was initially diagnosed with injuries in the chest area and right shoulder, as well as an open fracture on the left shinbone. After the given first aid, he was completely immobilized and transported by off-road vehicle to the village of Kosel. At 11:00 an ambulance transferred him to an appropriate health facility for further treatment.
This is the seventh intervention of the Ohrid Red Cross Mountain Rescue Service since the beginning of the year, which despite the CORONA crisis, statistically achieved a record number of interventions as of July.
The Mountain Rescue Service once again appeals to all mountain lovers and those who perform certain economic activities on the mountain, to be more careful, to be prepared for basic action in emergencies, to be properly equipped for the activity and conditions on the terrain, as well as in time to call for help in case of an accident on the MRS duty number 13112 or to other services: Sector for Internal Affairs – Ohrid 192, Ambulance 194 or Crisis Management Center 195.
We wish the injured person a speedy recovery.